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The Prettiest Lake in Every State

Reader's Digest Logo By Katy Spratte Joyce of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 51: Picture this: crystal-clear water lapping against a stony shore, the slight ripple of a lake's surface as a lone kayaker winds through the water, a vintage lighthouse juxtaposed against a stunning, pine-studded cliff face. America boasts all these vistas and more within its massive borders. From the vast Great Lakes to small spring-fed wonders, and from alpine watering holes to man-made reservoirs, these are the prettiest lakes in the country—and some of the best-kept secrets in every state. Get your travel bucket list ready, because you’ll definitely find some inspiration on this list. Whether you prefer lakes known for their swimming, fishing, or charming surrounding towns, we've got you covered.

All-American beauties

Picture this: crystal-clear water lapping against a stony shore, the slight ripple of a lake's surface as a lone kayaker winds through the water, a vintage lighthouse juxtaposed against a stunning, pine-studded cliff face. America boasts all these vistas and more within its massive borders. From the vast Great Lakes to small spring-fed wonders, and from alpine watering holes to man-made reservoirs, these are the prettiest lakes in the country—and some of the best-kept secrets in every state. Get your travel bucket list ready, because you’ll definitely find some inspiration on this list. Whether you prefer lakes known for their swimming, fishing, or charming surrounding towns, we've got you covered.

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